Dakbatgol Happiness Village is full of murals, book cafés, and sculptures in alleys and is often called the “Roofless Museum.” The town has earned its name, dakbatgol, to describe its mulberry trees. A theory on the origin of the naming of mulberry trees in Korean argues that it was to describe the “dak” noise its branches make when you break it. Through the “Dakbatgol Gallery” project launched in 2010 and the help of volunteers, the village was rehabilitated as a mural town.
The size of the dakbatgol village is smaller than the Gamcheon Cultural village and the contents of the murals are designed in a cuter fashion. Inside the village, next to the stone stairs is the Dangsan, which is believed to have been built in 1453.
The Dangsan was a shrine to serve patron saints and ancestors and was moved to its current location in 1977. Near the Dangsan, there is a deity monument and five pine trees over 100 years old.
As you look around following the charming murals, you will find yourself standing in front of 192 flights of stairs. There are known as the accordion stairs because the number of stairs increases and decreases as you move up and down the stairs. They are referred to by some as the Stairs of Hope stemming from the belief that your wish will come true if you wish for it while walking up and down the stairs. The Dakbatgol Culture Sharing Center at the village entrance is autonomously operated by the local residents.
It was built from the 2012 Happiness Village project; 1st floor has classrooms for various courses, barista training room, and various crafts workshops. The 2nd floor has a café for visitors to read and drink tea.
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